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Murder of sheriff candidate kindles feud

August 3rd, 1898

On this day in 1898, the Colorado County Feud began. This murderous quarrel between rival local factions was ignited when Larkin Hope, a candidate for county sheriff, was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. Jim Coleman, a family friend of Sheriff Sam Reese, was immediately suspected. He was never charged. Less than a year later Reese was killed in a gun battle on the Columbus Street where Hope had died. Stray bullets killed Charles Boehme and wounded a boy named Johnny Williams. Even though evidence suggests that Reese had provoked the fight, his sons vowed to get revenge. In five more gunfights between May 17, 1899, and May 17, 1907, five more men were killed and several others wounded. No one was ever convicted of the killings. The feud also had a direct effect on the economic well being of Columbus. In 1906 the citizens voted to turn the administration of the city over to the county and Columbus remained unincorporated for twenty years.

Larkin Secrest Hope
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1855
Colorado County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1898
Colorado County
Texas, USA

Larkin Secrest Hope son of David and Mary Hope.Larkin Secrest Hope married Mollie "Mary" Compton.
Assassination of Officer Hope

Columbus,Texas,August 4.About 9 0'Clock last night Constable Larkin S. Hope of this city was assassinated by some unknown person.The weapon used was a double barrel shotgun,and the assassin using it was standing in the alley between the store of Mr.Geo. Gegenworth and the butcher shop of Mr.Frank Auerbach,as is shown by evidence of his foot prints and from the direction of flashes from the gun,seen by parties on the street.

There were two loud,sharp reports,an intermission,and three reports from the pistol of the officer.The first two shots were from the shotgun,and the latter three from Mr.Hope's pistol,as he lay in the gutter just outside the sidewalk.The assassin had his horse hitched in the alley-which runs from street to street-reloaded his gun,mounted the horse,started west,rode north,turned and crossed the bridge on the east side of town.

Mr.Hope was shot in the left side,hip and abdomen,and when friends came up and asked him who shot him,endeavored to answer,but was unable to articulate.He was carried into the drug store of Byars & Byars,his wounds dressed and every means used to restore him,but without avail.He lived about half an hour only after being shot.Weeping and moaning,in the agony of grief,his distressed wife and children came to him before his death in the drug store.

Sheriff Reese and Marshal Walker were on the spot directly after the shooting,and set out to overhaul the assassin,but at an early hour this morning returned without being able to apprehend him.He is described as a medium-size man,riding a dark sorrel horse.

Our citizens are very indignant at the manner of the murder of Officer Hope,who has been a sober,faithful and efficient peace officer for many years.His funeral will take place ar the Odd Fellows' Rest.
Columbus Citizen Extra

Weimar Mercury July 6,1898

Larkin Hope was shot twice with a shot-gun a few minutes after 9 O'Clock Wednesday night,by an unknown party.One charge (12 buckshot) struck him in the small of the back on left side from behind,and the other in the thigh.Hope fired three shots with his six-shooter,and it was cocked for another when found.Hope was standing in front of Auerbach's beef market on Main Street,when shot,and his assailant stood between that building and Gegenworth's store.The murderer then ran on out to an alley,was seen to reload his shotgun,mount a horse,ride west and then disappeared.Hope died a few minutes after 10 O'Clock,never speaking again.He leaves a wife,three daughters and a son.Up to this writing there is no clue.Mr.Hope was buried at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at 4:30 Thursday last,with Woodmen of the World honors.

Weimar Mercury July 6.1898

Family links:
  David Hope (1828 - 1862)
  Mary Ann Townsend Lessing (1832 - 1912)

  Mary Compton Hope (1856 - 1905)*

  Annie Ada Hope Heller (1879 - 1965)*

  Larkin Secrest Hope (1855 - 1898)
  Samuel Marion Hope (1859 - 1911)*
  Joseph Franklin Lessing (1874 - 1947)**

*Calculated relationship

Erected by Woodmen of the World

He leaves a wife a four children to mourn him
Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery
Colorado County
Texas, USA

Maintained by: Mary Hogan Moore
Originally Created by: darla halley
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
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Larkin Secrest Hope
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Larkin Hope, a candidate for county sheriff, was shot and killed by an unknown assailant.
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